Style Imitating Art Invitation {living outside the stacks}


Monkey from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen and Ginter Cigarettes from The Met (public domain) #StyleImitatingArt

Monkey from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes, The Met, circa 1890 {public domain}

I selected the inspiration piece for this round of Style Imitating Art. This lithograph is from a set of cards that were used to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. This image is from The Met’s public domain collection. While I do not advocate smoking, I do find it fascinating that trading cards were used to promote tobacco products back in the day. Am I the only one who remembers when that rock hard pink gum used to come with comics? I think it was called Bazooka gum or something like that. Anyway, Allen & Ginter was a tobacco manufacturing plant that was formed in the late 1860s by John Allen and Lewis Ginter. They created and marketed the first cigarette cards for trading and collecting. Fascinating on so many levels

Honestly, I chose this piece because MONKEY {I seriously heart monkeys} and, well, the lithograph is just so colorful and spring-like. And, since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.

For more information about the inspiration piece, click here.


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at by 9PM EST Tuesday, 22 May. I will share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 23 May. You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Click here, if you’d like a sneak peek at my outfit.

Hope you’ll join the fun!

For more stylish inspiration, check out the following:

Where I co-host:

Ageless Style – First Tuesday of the Month

Style Imitating Art – Inspiration piece posted on Mondays with the round-up on Wednesdays

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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